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No greenlight: Simon Zebo can’t currently play for Ireland under the the rules as they stand since he plays abroad for Racing 92. Photo: PA

No greenlight: Simon Zebo can’t currently play for Ireland under the the rules as they stand since he plays abroad for Racing 92. Photo: PA

No greenlight: Simon Zebo can’t currently play for Ireland under the the rules as they stand since he plays abroad for Racing 92. Photo: PA

Aside from one notable exception, the IRFU have steadfastly refused to issue an exemption to allow Irish internationals based overseas to represent their country.

Jonathan Sexton's stint in Paris aside, when he was unchallenged as Ireland's pre-eminent out-half, the consistent message to players, from Ian Madigan to Simon Zebo, Marty Moore to Donnacha Ryan, is that the right to a green jersey is forfeited once a provincial jersey is forsaken.


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